Bennie Shobe

Bennie Shobe is a Program Analyst for the State of Nebraska and Adjunct Faculty University of Nebraska. He lives in the Near South neighborhood.

Political Party: Democrat

Community involvement:

Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, (Chair 2014-2015) Indian Center, Inc. Board of Directors (Current Secretary) Malone Community Center, Member of the Board of Directors Lincoln Branch NAACP, Branch President (2014-2016) Secretary (2010 -2014)
Leadership Lincoln, Project ALL Graduate 2016 Distinguished Alumni,
Hispanic Heritage Celebration Planning Committee member, MLK State Celebration Planning Committee member, Lincoln Police Hiring and Promotion Committee member, Lincoln Police Boundary Committee member, Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Planning - Community Study Team, Lux Center for the Arts, Member of the Board of Directors

Do you support more TIF projects?

TIF can be a useful tool in redevelopment, especially in struggling areas of our city. I believe that TIF should be used more deliberately and with greater transparency.

How would you improve travel in the City?

Multiple faceted approach of encouraging the use of public transportation and bike path while working to develop a more efficient traffic flow.

What is the biggest challenge you see facing the future of Lincoln and how would you plan to fix/address that?

A shortage of affordable housing. As a member of the city council I would work to remove barriers to new home construction and revitalization of empty houses in older neighborhoods.

How do you plan to increase the overall tax base, to continue to provide city services?

Remove barriers to new house construction and revitalization of empty houses in older neighborhoods to generate growth in property ownership and in turn increase property on the tax roll.

Are you satisfied with the condition of the roads?

No, not really. With the milder winter I have witnessed a lot of road construction. There is still much needed. There should be more conversation about the south beltway as a part of the city's long range transportation /road plan.

With the population of Lincoln growing, what are your plans for affordable housing?

As a member of the city council I would work to remove barriers to new house construction and revitalization of empty houses in older neighborhoods. Affordable housing is not limited to building new dwellings. Creating affordable rental units should be part of the conversation.

What incentives does Lincoln have to offer young business professionals looking to move or stay here?

Lincoln has a lot to offer young professional and individuals from all walks of life: Great schools, beautiful parks and trails. low unemployment, low crime. diverse entertainment options and a high energy workforce.

Are you happy with the job Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has done?

Yes, overall I am. When elected I will encourage the mayor to do a better job explaining the long-term vision for Lincoln its residents.


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